Archive for ‘Nutritional science’

October 10, 2011

The Great Meat Debate

While working my former full-time job, food and diet were often a subject of discussion.  As it is true in any workplace, people brought various foods for lunch, talked about nights out at restaurants, and discussed what they ate for breakfast. For the most part, the conversations were lighthearted, lively, and a positive exchange of ideas. That is, until of the day of the Great Meat Debate.

The Great Meat Debate began when I declined a lunch time offering from a new coworker and I felt the need to explain my pass by stating “Oh no thanks, I appreciate it, but I don’t eat meat.” It’s happened on more than one occasion that when I decline an offering with meat, I am met with an eye-roll or an attitude. Friends, family, strangers… and this time was no exception. Not only was there a very present eye-roll, but when asked if anything was wrong, another person in the room threw a bunch of accusations at me all at once:

Vegetarians look weak, they are sick all the time, they are mistreating their children because neither they nor their offspring could be possibly getting enough protein.  It’s wrong to inflict personal choices on children.  My doctor told me vegetarianism doesn’t work and it’s just not healthy to not eat meat.

I was flabbergasted. 

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September 3, 2011

Hey, it’s not autumn yet! Have some more summer squash.

Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! So many food blogs that I follow are featuring this bulbous, orange squash in honor of September’s commencement, but I am just not ready!  Yes, the temperatures have dipped down into the 60s at night so air conditioners are off and windows are open. Yes, the stench of baking NYC garbage on the street has subsided and a cool, fresher air has taken its place. But I am not ready to give up these last few days of summer. Based on the momentary alignment of the Earth’s axis tilted neither toward nor away from the sun, the autumnal equinox is September 23rd and I have exactly three weeks left to revel in the summer season. I am not abandoning my precious summer squash, and hopefully I can get my hands on a few more sweet million tomatoes from my parents’ backyard if I make it out to Long Island.

In honor of such things, I would like to share a fabulous little salad that really hits the spot.

One warm summer evening while piddling away my night on the computer, the boyfriend whipped up a tasty dinner for us. He roasted some veggies, toasted some almonds, made a honey-lemon vinaigrette, popped it all on some fresh dark greens, garnished with feta cheese, and wow.  So. Good.

I truly licked the bowl, and then requested that he make more dressing for me to bring home. The next day, I replicated the salad using his dressing.

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July 11, 2011

Skinny Summer Squash

Mmm, summer squash.  I love it.  Zucchini, yellow crookneck, pattypan… they’re all so tasty and filling, too.  One raw cup is only 25 calories.  Sauté a small shallot with two teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil in a large pan, throw in two cups of the summer squash, and within minutes you have a heaping bowl of deliciousness for just 150 calories.  It also has healthy doses of:

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